Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Grandeur of Big Chola Temple

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It was a dream come true for me visiting the Big Temple of Thanjavur in year 2010 – the millennium year of its built, by Raja Raja Cholan 1. The sight of the magnificent temple tower is quite remarkable which proclaims one of the significant identities of Tamils to the universe. Standing beneath the marvelous Vimanam (the main temple tower) and known to be tallest among south Indian temples, it feel spellbind and I quite admired the structure in true amazement thinking about the narratives of history describing the building process of the temple. Each and every direction of the building exhibits the scholars of the Cholas and their thoughts, art and culture to be brought into a structure.

Big temple tower, in company of Moon

The Big Temple also known as Brihadeeswara Temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Great Living Chola Temples". The Vimanam (temple tower) is 216 feet high and is among the tallest of its kind in the world and the Kalasha (apex or the bulbous structure on the top) of the temple is carved out of a single stone and it weighs around 80 tons. 

8 comments:

Lady Fi said...

Wow - fabulous1

L. D. said...

That is an incredible structure. I can see how you had it on your lists of things to do in life. Thanks for sharing it.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

This temple is fascinating - I can see why visiting it would be a dream come true. Thank you for sharing these images!

Devilish Angel said...

I havent visited that temple. Hope I will visit it soon...

Twilight Man said...

Wow! Wow! I love the architecture and characters of this temple. It looks majestic and nice.

Destination Infinity said...

I am yet to see this Temple. It's a wonder that they were even able to take that 80 tonne kalasha to the top. The plank used to carry the stone up was a few KM long and it had to be pushed by many elephants it seems! Great pics.

Destination Infinity

Rajesh said...

This is a magnificent Chola temple

Anonymous said...

Look nice gratification